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Last Day to File Taxes and Sign Up for Obamacare Is Today

Reported: Apr. 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 15, 2014 5:24 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Fallon Pierson) -- April 15 is an important day if you haven't filed your taxes or still need to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

So far, 100 million people have already filed their taxes out of about 135 million expected filers.

You can file one of two ways:by taking your forms to a tax professional or you can do them yourself.

Experts said you should have your taxes done by a specialist because tax laws change every year.

The IRS said about 90 percent of returns are filed electronically and about 78.8 million people will get refunds this year.

The average refund is about $2,700, which is about $220 billion in refunds.

One tax specialist talked with Eyewitness Newsabout reasons people rush in at the last minute.

"Sometimes they haven't got all their forms. Some forms don't even come out until March. Some people just put it off until the last minute," said Richard Boyd, branch manager at Jackson Hewitt in Kanwaha City.

Melinda Lowman of Charleston filed her taxes early. But said a lot of her friends wait until the last minute to get them done.

"Mostly life gets busy," Lowman said. "Some people, I think, forget for a little bit. Some people who owe will pay at the last minute."

If you didn't make the deadline, remember you can still file an extension, but that paperwork is due today (April 15) as well as the money if you expect to owe taxes for 2013.

Also, the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act was on March 31, but the Obama administration extended the deadline for people who started the process.

That extension deadline is April 15. If you don't have insurance and didn't finish the process, you will be fined 1 percent of your income next time you file taxes.



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